Tech Guru: Nitin Ganatra

Nitin Ganatra, Executive Director at Jawbone, was part of the original team that developed the iPhone and iOS. He is one of Silicon Valley’s top engineers.

Published: 22nd December 2013 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2013 01:38 PM   |  A+A-

20auto.jpgNitin Ganatra, Executive Director at Jawbone, was part of the original team that developed the iPhone and iOS. He is one of Silicon Valley’s top engineers.

The iPhone, and the software that runs on it, iOS, changed the mobile landscape forever in 2007. The creation of that iconic device and the hardships that the team at Apple had to go through to achieve what then looked like an impossible dream forms an integral part of many of today’s books and articles about Apple.

And whenever the development of iOS is discussed one name keeps popping up. That of Nitin Ganatra. At present an Executive Director at Jawbone, Nitin has an engineering degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is one of the most important engineers who has worked in the Silicon Valley in the last two decades. Fresh out of university, Nitin joined Apple in 1993, during it’s rudderless years. When Steve Jobs returned to lead the flailing company in 1996, Nitin worked on the new operating system OS X, that runs on the candy-coloured iMacs that are widely credited with saving Apple. Later, Jobs gave Nitin an even bigger, more important task. That of squeezing OSX, that enormous operating system designed to run on computers with big chips, to run on a small phone chip which will finally ship with the launch of the iPhone. In 2012, when he left Apple, Nitin was working as a Director of Engineering in charge of iOS applications. After a short stint as an Independent Consultant in mobile software development at Hornet Research, Nitin is now at Jawbone, at the forefront of the wearables revolution. 

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